web analytics

Auckland could become a ghost town this summer

Written By: - Date published: 3:09 pm, November 18th, 2021 - 39 comments
Categories: uncategorized - Tags:

Many Aucklanders are poised to leave the city when the borders open (and the bubble bursts?) on 15 December. This is understandable after having been cooped up for months and no chance of taking selfies on the beach outside of Auckland and the conviction that the grass in Northland is always greener even in a severe drought. These fortunate people will be mostly the have’s with the 3 B’s (boat & bach & Beemer) and 3 C’s (Covid certificate & credit card & clean crystal-clear conscience) while the usual have-not’s will stay behind in the city and work in retail, hospitality, or cleaning, i.e. the great unwashed or unvaccinated with a moral stain on their conscience.

The international borders will stay closed, so there won’t be an influx of returning Kiwis or overseas visitors/tourists.

The border crossings will not resemble Checkpoint Charlie and police will undertake spot checks only. Perhaps they could combine it with checkpoints for drink-driving, which have been so effective in saving lives. Thus, it is likely that some (?) Aucklanders will exit the city while carrying the virus and take it with them. If little Johnny in the backseat, aged 12, is not fully vaccinated or doesn’t have a negative test less than 72 hours old he will face a fine of $1,000. This will be good lesson for life for little Johnny: actions (or inactions) can have dire consequences. On the other hand, if visiting his granny, in her 90s, who’s fully vaccinated many months ago, little Johnny or his unvaccinated younger siblings could unwittingly transmit the virus and make their granny very ill with Covid. Of course, they had this conversation before planning the trip and getting in the car and made an informed, unbiased, and wholly ‘rational’ choice and fully accepted or at least considered all the consequences, as you do.

While little Johnny is treasuring his final school days of the year in school he doesn’t have to be vaccinated at all or show a negative test. Apparently, the mandate for teachers and all staff has bullied the virus out of schools; without the mandates many would not have made the right choice in time for the borders to reopen and Government would have been accused of being a Christmas Scrooge, which would be unkind and unfair.

Some locals in the usual holiday spots will be very excited about the pending spending of Auckland dollars while others might feel some trepidation about the risk of spreading the virus into more vulnerable communities. Either way, it might not do much for a positive public opinion of Aucklanders in general even though Auckland has done it tough for all these months in lockdown.

After the holiday break returning Aucklanders won’t have need to have proof of full-vaccination status or a negative test when crossing the spotty ‘borders’. Let’s hope that having been away for a few weeks won’t be long enough to increase community spread of the virus and infection of Aucklanders before they go home and back to work in early January or back to school later in the month. Even fully vaccinated people can still catch and transmit the virus, albeit at lower rates/levels, and unvaccinated children under the age of 12 could become a major source of new infections, as seen in other (European) countries. In the current Delta outbreak 1302 of all positive cases (21%) are under 12 years of age and therefore not vaccinated; the same group accounts for 21 of all hospitalised cases (6%).

A few people might head into Auckland, e.g. to visit family or friends. No paperwork required. However, when they leave they’ll have to be able to show the required documentation or face the consequences. The reasoning behind this apparent inconsistency is that being in Auckland carries a higher risk although the hope (!) is that the high vaccination rates will change this by 15 December and the return date of 17 January. Unfortunately, not all regions (i.e. DHBs) have such high vaccination rates – major local differences can exist even within DHBs aka heterogeneity – and it seems wishful thinking on behalf of the authorities that this situation will fundamentally change and improve in time for the mass movement of travellers, regardless of any mandates. And as the experience of highly vaccinated countries has shown relying on even very high vaccination levels alone is not a smart move and can have dire consequences although summer weather in NZ will be an advantage.

Government is bowing to political pressure and the multipronged lure of summer, Christmas, and holidays is simply too strong to resist let alone stop. It is easy to imagine that if things go pear-shaped the blame and responsibility will be divvied up between Government and Aucklanders. Feelings of anger and resentment can linger for a lifetime, which doesn’t bode well for the future. This could be the best of summers (for some), it could be the worst of summers (for others).

Happy holidays …

39 comments on “Auckland could become a ghost town this summer ”

  1. Brigid 1

    I get to see my loverly chillen!!!!

    After months and months and months, and they don't have to spend krismiss alone.

  2. Patricia Bremner 2

    Our son who lives alone can visit us on Sat, and we can visit Norm's brother in Auckland later. They have been home for 12 weeks so going over to Waiheke to see their daughter and grandsons will be on their agenda. I said something similar about an exodus.

  3. Alan 3

    So what would you do Incognito, what is your alternative plan?

  4. Anita 2 4

    This article and the mainstream and social media seems to forget that the majority of Auckland (like the rest of New Zealand) is not wealthy, it doesn’t go away for summer holidays. Some Auckland kids won’t have been to Auckland beaches in the last year, they don’t have usual holiday hotspots to leave for.

    Stories like these, and the MSM’s obsession with Aucklanders going to their baches, obscures and ignores poverty and deprivation.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/9806873/Lifes-a-beach-but-not-for-everyone tells a story that’s more real. Let’s not forget the kids who will spend their summer in COVID ridden Auckland, as they do every year.

    • weka 4.1

      Hi Anita, we have another commenter here called Anita. I've changed your user name to Anita 2, feel free to choose a new ongoing name on your next comment or use Anita 2 from now on, thanks.

      • Anita 4.1.1

        I’m pretty sure I’m the same Anita I’ve been here for nearly 14 years 🙂 I think a device I use suddenly decided to obscure my email address to protect me from the interwebs 😉

        Huh, and now I can’t unobscure it. Will fiddle with settings later.

        • weka 4.1.1.1

          cool, thanks Anita. The email address is in the clear now, but it had a typo (there's a bug on some devices in the email and name fields to keep an eye). Fixed now and you have your avatar back.

  5. DukeEll 5

    I can’t wait to hit a northland beach and have a decent swim. Won’t feel guilty in the slightest.

    it’s not like this day hasn’t been coming and vaccines haven’t been available in northland since may.

  6. observer 6

    December headlines, written in advance:

    "There were long delays on the roads out of Auckland as cars were stopped and people checked for proof of vaccination/testing …"

    Also:

    "There was outrage as a Covid-positive person left Auckland without being checked …"

    Also:

    "Opposition leader Simon Bridges said the government must sort out the shambles of letting the virus out and the misery of Aucklanders not being let out …"

  7. JanM 7

    When I lived in Auckland the summer holidays were my favourite time to be home – no awful traffic jams, parking available and room to move on the lovely beaches. It was a ghost town then and I loved it!

    • Johnr 7.1

      I'm with you JanM. Twice speared jaffa here. My dilemma is that my 100year old mum lives in a rest home south of the border which I haven't seen since June. But now I'm getting all jittery about visiting in Dec.

      What, if I brought the germ into her rest home, how could you live with that outcome ??

      • JanM 7.1.1

        I'm sure it will be fine if you take care and just think how thrilled she will be 😍

      • Tricledrown 7.1.2

        Mask up make sure is an n95 mask and that their are no leaks like around the nose bridge have the window open if possible wash hands. Have a test before you go.johnr.

      • Jester 7.1.3

        It's more important that you spend time with your mum…that is priceless. Obviously take the precautions and have a test before you go to feel safe.

  8. Maurice 8

    The general consensus down South is that the disease ridden are not welcome.

    Many from the big cities may well flee permanently to more small town/rural areas and never return – having learnt the lesson that living in a "stew" of disease is not conductive to survival. Time to sell up – before the price of houses crashed in the cities?

    • AB 8.1

      I am crafting a fine set of wooden clappers of the type used by lepers in the past. As an Ork I can therefore forewarn the provincial healthy that I'm a potential source of contagion. I'm fully expecting various 'icons' of the NZ fashion industry to steal the idea and produce designer versions for several hundred dollars each just in time for Xmas.

  9. Ad 9

    Finally, liveable Auckland.

  10. I'm going up North for Christmas with whanau and elderly parents. Will have a vaccine passport. I could have gone up at the start of the pandemic but respected the rules and did what was right. Now the rules have changed. Family will not be around for ever.

    Aucklanders don't much like living in a pressure cooker with a bunch of rule breaking numpties spreading the virus around either. The rest of NZ needs to stop their prejudiced bullcrap. We have done everything the government asked, and paid a high price for YOUR safety.

    Give us a break. And look after your own back yard FFS.

    • left_forward 10.1

      Thanks heaps for the high price you've paid, Mr Aucklander. It doesn’t excuse you though from respecting the people and environment of Northland. Hopefully a rest on the beach might help you relax the victim attitude and you might begin to notice the heat up here too – have a great holiday and then head back home to the pressure cooker.

    • weka 10.2

      if you add in, visibly, that you are going to do all the other things in addition to the vaccine (distancing, being outside, not going to spreader events, handwashing, mask wearing etc) then I think people will relax on this issue somewhat.

      I get the urgency (I recently put a lot of things on hold to visit elder family who I hadn't seen for a long time). I think we can still be careful and considered in how we do this. And judge how important it actually is. Visiting elderly whānau strikes me as a good reason, having a holiday when one could choose to go elsewhere or even stay in one's own area, not so much.

      I know that down south, the idea of people from covid community areas coming here for Christmas because that's what they do is not being welcomed. Visiting family is a different matter, and still needs care. Even more care needed in the areas with low Māori etc vax rates.

      • weka 10.2.1

        the thing about areas without covid in the SI is that we don't know yet how it's going to play out. The vaccine is a good tool, not a panacea. And for those of us living in rural areas away from a major hospital (or those living in the SDHB rohe who know how long term stressed the health system is here, darklol), it's important to understand there's very little explanation of how this will work in practice. The details aren't there yet, everyone has been focused on the vaccination programme.

        • roblogic 10.2.1.1

          I suspect the subculture that is experiencing the worst of Covid in Auckland right now are not the kind to go on South Island holidays or have baches in the Coromandel.

          • weka 10.2.1.1.1

            what's your point rob? That the worst infected are least like to travel, rich people who can travel are less likely to be infectious? It doesn't really matter who brings it south, and I would have thought Auckland of all places would understand this.

          • joe90 10.2.1.1.2

            the subculture

            Working folk are a subculture?

    • Tricledrown 10.3

      Vaccination doesn't mean you are safe depending on your genetic make up any underlying health conditions.

      Looking overseas even with high vaccination rates many countries are experiencing surges which are getting out of Control.

      So everybody needs to be extra careful with this freedom stay outdoors for gatherings wear masks 53% less likely to contract Covid.

      Don't be a fwit and think your bullet proof.

  11. Tiger Mountain 11

    I am a critic of the Labour Caucus for being too timid on various matters, and basically squandering a once in a generation MMP majority Govt. But, only the thick or malicious would not realise they have done so well handling COVID overall if you simply look at the numbers.

    The personal toll on some MPs and staff can only be imagined at this stage. So many competing needs from the population, so many ungrateful wretches, so many unheard working class voices behind the high pitched petit bourgeiosie whining. A large silent group is thankful and doing their best to cope as irregular polls show.

    It is definitely not over yet either, it looks like it may be a very COVID Christmas indeed. Stay in place and hunker down for a bit longer I say. But hey, that is the spoiler attitude–time to party and visit every one imaginable–after all you deserve it–but do we deserve it?

    • gsays 11.1

      I largely agree with you, the numbers reference in yr first paragraph is where we are going to go awry.

      With the benefit of physical isolation and generally being a month or three behind the rest of the world, we are headed on the same trajectory- lockdown, vaccinate, open up, next wave of illnesses… Only this time it is the complacent amongst the vaccinated that will be the concern.

  12. Macro 12

    So we here in the Coromandel are now planning to spend summer in Auckland to avoid the pandemic. smiley​​​​​​

    • Anne 12.1

      The perfect time to visit Auckland is between the 24th Dec. and around the 16th Jan. The roads are relatively clear, the beaches not too crowded, shopping is a pleasant exercise and all round peace reigns.

      Then they all come back. angry

      • Whispering Kate 12.1.1

        Its ideal for Auckland residents too who choose to stay at home over the summer break. No crowds of shoppers in the malls, ample car parking, absolutely no gridlock on the roads. Auckland is at its finest when the hoards offload themselves to the provinces. Until the schools/universities go back in the New Year life is very pleasant indeed in our fair city. We look forward to it every year. My sympathies go to the Provinces who will be invaded by JAFFAS and we Aucklanders absolutely do know how they feel about us.

    • Tiger Mountain 12.2

      That's the spirit.

      A friend of mine has been visiting and walking all sorts of green spaces and parks in his area as appropriate during Auckland downtime. He buys food from a local business each time and puts his trip up on FB for others to share which we have enjoyed vicariously.

      It is amazing the local parks and viewpoints and military installations there are throughout the city, which many people pass by oblivious. I had 27 years in Auck (Far North since mid 90s) and never saw half of them either.

      This summer is danger ahead.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Trade Minister heads to CPTPP Commission Meeting
    Minister for Trade and Export Growth, Damien O’Connor will travel to Singapore this week for the Sixth Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) Commission Meeting. “Continuing to build on our export growth is a key part of the Government’s economic plan. Our two way trade with the CPTPP bloc accounts ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Strong Government books leave New Zealand well placed amid global challenges
      Deficit half of forecast at $9.7 billion; Deficits as a percentage of GDP running better than during GFC Net debt at 17.2 percent of GDP lower than Australia, UK, US and Canada. Core expenses $2.8 billion lower than forecast. Increased expenditure during year due to COVID-related expenses through unprecedented ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Ministers outline next phase of Milford Opportunities Project
    The Milford Opportunities Project is entering its next phase following a productive visit to Piopiotahi to hear directly from tourism operators, iwi and the unit undertaking feasibility planning, says Conservation Minister Poto Williams. In June 2021 Cabinet approved $15 million to fund the next stage of the Milford Opportunities Project, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Digital tools to make family violence support widely available
    Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment Priyanca Radhakrishnan has officially launched a suite of new digital tools to support people affected by family violence. “Family violence is a scourge on our society and violent behaviour of any kind is absolutely unacceptable. We are taking the important steps to modernise ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Plan for big boost in GP training numbers
    More support is being given to New Zealand medical graduates training to be GPs, as the Government continues its push to get more doctors into communities. “Growing the number of GPs is vital so we can fill today’s gaps and make sure we’ve got the doctors we need in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • 142,000 Kiwis helped by Healthy Homes Initiative
    Hospitalisations reduced by 19.8 percent School attendance increased by 3 percent Employment increased by 4 percent 100,000 interventions delivered, including insulation, heaters, curtains and repairs Nationwide rollout expected to be complete by the end of the year More than 31,000 children, pregnant people and 111,000 of their family members are ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Minister of Defence departs for Middle East
    Minister of Defence Peeni Henare has today departed for the Middle East where he will visit New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel deployed within the region, including in Operation Gallant Phoenix in Jordan and the Multinational Force and Observers mission on the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt. The Minister will also undertake ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government funds work to clean up six contaminated sites
    The Government has announced funding to clean up six contaminated sites to reduce the risk to public health and protect the environment.    “These six projects will help protect the public from health risks associated with hazardous materials, so New Zealanders can live in a cleaner, safer environment.” Environment Minister David Parker ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government partners with industry to reduce agricultural emissions
    New Zealand’s effort to reduce agricultural emissions has taken a step forward with the signing of a memorandum of understanding by Government with agribusiness leaders, in a joint venture as part of the new Centre for Climate Action on Agricultural Emissions, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced. The Ministry for Primary Industries signed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Vosa Vakaviti sustains generations of Fijians
    The enduring strength and sustainability of Vosa Vakaviti is being celebrated by the Fijian community in Aotearoa New Zealand during Macawa ni Vosa Vakaviti – Fijian Language Week, which gets underway today. “This year’s theme, ‘Me vakabulabulataki, vakamareqeti, ka vakaqaqacotaki na vosa Vakaviti’, which translates as ‘Nurture, Preserve and Sustain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand condemns Russia’s annexation attempts
    New Zealand condemns unequivocally Russia’s attempts to illegally annex Russia-occupied regions of Ukraine, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. “We do not recognise these illegal attempts to change Ukraine’s borders or territorial sovereignty,” Jacinda Ardern said. “Russia’s sham referenda in Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia are illegitimate, and have no legal ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government provides confidence to those seeking an adventure
    With our borders opened and tourists returning, those seeking out adventurous activities can do so more safely due to the steps we’ve taken to improve the health and safety regulatory regime for adventure activities, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood has announced.  “We are seeing international visitor numbers begin ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New hospital opens for Wellington children
    A new children’s hospital that officially opened in Wellington this morning offers the region’s children top-quality health care in one place, Health Minister Andrew Little says. Te Wao Nui has been built with a $53 million contribution from benefactors Mark Dunajtschik and Dorothy Spotswood, with the Government contributing another $53 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • More single-use plastics banned from tomorrow
    Single-use plastic cotton buds, drink stirrers and most plastic meat trays are among single use plastics banned from sale or manufacture from tomorrow. “This is the first group of the most problematic plastic products to be banned in a progressive phase out over the next three years,” Environment Minister David ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech to NZDF Command and Staff College
    It’s a pleasure to join you today – and I extend a particular welcome to Marty Donoghue (a member of the Public Advisory Committee on Disarmament and Arms Control) and Athena Li-Watts (interning with me this week) who are also joining me today. On the face of it, some ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Milestone of half a million mental health sessions delivered
    The Government’s flagship primary mental health and addiction programme Access and Choice has hit the milestone of delivering more than 500,000 sessions to New Zealanders needing mental health support. Health Minister Andrew Little made the announcement at ADL – Thrive Pae Ora in Cromwell which provides mental wellbeing support services ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government continues to future-proof arts, culture and heritage sector
    The Government has announced further support for the recovery and resilience of the arts, culture and heritage sector as part of its COVID Recovery Programme’s Innovation Fund. “We’re continuing to secure the recovery of our arts, culture and heritage in Aotearoa New Zealand by supporting transformational initiatives across the motu,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government steps up kauri protection
    The Government is delivering on an election commitment to protect kauri in our northern forests through the new National Pest Management Plan (NPMP) for the forest giant and the allocation of $32 million of funding to back the coordinated effort, Biosecurity Minister Damien O'Connor and Associate Environment Minister (Biodiversity) ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Russia’s Ukraine referenda a sham
    Aotearoa New Zealand does not recognise the results of the sham referenda in Russia-occupied regions of Ukraine, Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta says.  “These so-called referenda were not free or fair, and they very clearly were not held in accordance with democratic principles,” Nanaia Mahuta said. “Instead, they were hastily organised ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Govt invests in New Zealand’s wine future
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has officially opened New Zealand Wine Centre–Te Pokapū Wāina o Aotearoa in Blenheim today, saying that investments like these give us cause for optimism for the future. Funding of $3.79 million for the Marlborough Research Centre to build a national wine centre was announced in 2020, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Appointment of Judges of the Court Martial Appeal Court
    Attorney-General David Parker today announced the appointment of Colonel Craig Ruane, Commander Robyn Loversidge, and James Wilding KC as Judges of the Court Martial Appeal Court. The Court Martial Appeal Court is a senior court of record established under the Court Martial Appeals Act 1953. It is summoned by the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government strengthens measures to combat migrant worker exploitation
    Offence and penalty regime significantly strengthened New infringement offences for non-compliance Public register of individuals and businesses that are found guilty of migrant exploitation New community-led pilot to educate migrants workers and employers of employment rights Implemented reporting tools successfully brings exploitation out of the shadows Take-up of protective visa ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Livestock exports by sea to cease
    The passing of a Bill today to end the export of livestock by sea will protect New Zealand’s reputation for world-leading animal welfare standards, Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor said. “The Animal Welfare Amendment Bill future-proofs our economic security amid increasing consumer scrutiny across the board on production practices," Damien ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Extra measures to increase census turnout in 2023
    3500 census workers on the ground, twice as many as last census More forms to be delivered – 44% compared to 3% in 2018 Prioritisation of Māori and other groups and regions with lower response rates in 2018 Major work to ensure the delivery of a successful census in 2023 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Shining the light on screen workers
    Improved working conditions for workers in the screen industry is now a reality with the Screen Industry Workers Bill passing its third reading today, announced Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood. “It’s fantastic to see the Screen Industry Workers Bill progress through Parliament. The new Act will strengthen protections ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Mental health resources for young people and schools launched
    Associate Minister of Education (School Operations) Jan Tinetti and Associate Minister of Education (Māori Education) Kelvin Davis have today launched two new resources to support wellbeing, and the teaching and learning of mental health education in schools and kura. “Students who are happy and healthy learn better. These resources ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Progress continues on future-proofing Auckland’s transport infrastructure
    Transport Minister Michael Wood has welcomed the latest progress on Auckland’s two most transformational transport projects in a generation – Auckland Light Rail and the Additional Waitematā Harbour Connections. Auckland Light Rail and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency have named preferred bidders to move each project to their next phase, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government supports local innovation in homelessness prevention
    Ten successful applicants in round two of the Local Innovation and Partnership Fund (LIPF) Close to $6 million allocated as part of the Homelessness Action Plan (HAP) Māori, Pasefika and rangatahi a strong focus Round three opening later this year with up to $6.8 million available. Government is stepping up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • More medicines for New Zealanders, thanks to Govt’s Budget boost
    Health Minister Andrew Little is welcoming news that two more important medicines are set to be funded, thanks to the Government’s big boost to the country’s medicines budget. “Since coming into Government in 2017, the Labour Government has increased Pharmac’s funding by 43 per cent, including a $71 million boost ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government delivers ACC change to support 28,000 parents
    The Maternal Birth Injury and Other Matters Bill passes Third Reading – the first amendment to ACC legislation of its kind From 1 October 2022, new ACC cover to benefit approximately 28,000 birthing parents Additional maternal birth injuries added alongside new review provision to ensure cover remains comprehensive Greater clarity ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Further cuts for East Coast tarakihi limits to rebuild numbers faster
    Commercial catch limits for East Coast tarakihi will be reduced further to help the stock rebuild faster. “Tarakihi is a popular fish, and this has led to declining levels over time. Many adjustments have been made and the stock is recovering. I have decided on further commercial catch reductions of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Ambassador to Colombia announced
    Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced the appointment of diplomat Nicci Stilwell as the next Ambassador to Colombia. “Aotearoa New Zealand’s relationship with Colombia is fast growing with strong links across education, climate change and indigenous co-operation,” Nanaia Mahuta said.  “Trade is a key part of our relationship with Colombia, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • 3000 more RSE workers to ease workforce pressures
    The Government continues to respond to global workforce shortages by announcing the largest increase in over a decade to the Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme (RSE), providing 3000 additional places, Immigration Minister Michael Wood and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor have announced. The new RSE cap will allow access to 19,000 workers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Sanctions on more of the Russian political elite
    Further sanctions are being imposed on members of President Putin’s inner circle and other representatives of the Russian political elite, as part of the Governments ongoing response to the war in Ukraine, says Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta. “Ukraine has been clear that the most important action we can take to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Principal Youth Court Judge appointed
    Judge Ida Malosi, District Court Judge of Wellington, has been appointed as the new Principal Youth Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today. Born and raised in Southland, Judge Malosi graduated from Victoria University of Wellington and spent her legal career in South Auckland.  She was a founding partner of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Visitor arrivals highest since pandemic began
    Overseas visitor arrivals exceeded 100,000 in July, for the first time since the borders closed in March 2020 Strong ski season lifts arrivals to Queenstown to at least 90% of the same period in 2019 Australia holiday recovery has continued to trend upwards New Zealand’s tourism recovery is on its ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Language provides hope for Tuvalu
    Climate change continues to present a major risk for the island nation of Tuvalu, which means sustaining te gana Tuvalu, both on home soil and in New Zealand Aotearoa, has never been more important, Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio said. The Tuvalu Auckland Community Trust and wider Tuvalu ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Sio to attend Asian Development Bank meeting in Manila
    Associate Foreign Affairs Minister Aupito William Sio travels to the Philippines this weekend to represent Aotearoa New Zealand at the 55th Annual Meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Board of Governors in Manila. “The ADB Annual Meeting provides an opportunity to engage with other ADB member countries, including those ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • United Nations General Assembly National Statement
    E ngā Mana, e ngā Reo, Rau Rangatira mā kua huihui mai nei i tēnei Whare Nui o te Ao Ngā mihi maioha ki a koutou katoa, mai i tōku Whenua o Aotearoa Tuia ki runga, Tuia ki raro, ka Rongo to pō ka rongo te ao Nō reira, tēnā ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New strategy unifies all-of-Government approach to help Pacific languages thrive
    A united approach across all-of-Government underpins the new Pacific Language Strategy, announced by the Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio at Parliament today. “The cornerstone of our Pacific cultures, identities and place in Aotearoa, New Zealand are our Pacific languages. They are at the heart of our wellbeing,” Aupito ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago